Posted Monday, April 20, 2009 4:33 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Mike and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
- Recap of the party on a boat, which Gonch missed. Jeff is happily married now.
- Adventureland suffers from indifferent reviews, and Jeff thinks it was sold completely wrong. Kennywood is more or less just a background for the story.
- Diamondback opens at Kings Island and it is good. Gonch and Jeff take a number of spins and are surprised at the intensity. Listen for a complete review.
- Opening day at Kings Island yields enormous lines for Diamondback, and the public appear to love it.
- CoasterBuzz posts HD video of Diamondback, starring Gonch.
- Hard Rock Park former owners own the IP? Seriously? Does it matter now that they've changed it to the horrible name, Freestyle Music Park?
- Six Flags may be facing bankruptcy, but the management team is looking at potential bonuses for getting them through it. The hate toward anyone making a lot of money ignores the skill required to lead a company.
- Universal Hollywood is getting the Google Maps street view treatment. It's creepy, but incredibly useful.
- Ghost Town bankruptcy causes a chain reaction to small businesses that served it.
- Coney Island drama continues, as NYC makes play to buy some of the property owned by Thor Equities.
- Virginia parks saying things are starting out well. We hate the term "staycation," but are the parks positioned for success in this economy? Gonch thinks so.
- Researchers put out attendance report but Jeff is annoyed that they don't establish credibility or show their methodology. Busch Entertainment says they're about 10% off.
- Universal Orlando is trying to sell itself to consumers like it's a used car dealer, according to surveys they're sending out. Jeff is annoyed that they want to compete on price instead of the awesome experiences they can offer.
- Orlando parks do well over the Easter holiday time. Is this an indication of economic recovery or the heavy discounting?
- Waldameer's Disk-O is going up, and they're pretty cool rides. The stand-up version is kind of weird.
- Jeff and Gonch got to ride Diamondback with the mayor of Cincinnati, and it was entertaining.
- We appreciate your support of CoasterBuzz by joining the club. It's still just $20 per year.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
Monday, April 20, 2009 5:00 PM
Yes!! I can't wait to give this a listen! I saved the show from the 30th for my 2 hour drive home from KI Saturday night and it was pure gold!! I was laughing so hard I didn't have any problems staying awake. Gonch's "I was just asking rhetorically" about the flight time question was priceless!
I might have to listen to this before my next drive home this weekend.
Monday, April 20, 2009 7:46 PM
I enjoyed the sexy music at the end.
Monday, April 27, 2009 1:48 AM
Jeez, at the end there the membership pitch was starting to sound like a public radio fund raiser. Next thing you know, the CoasterBuzz Club membership will come with a coffee mug and an audio CD of outtakes from the podcast... :)
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Monday, April 27, 2009 9:09 AM
Ha! Personally, I think they should have saved that groovy, pornarrific DB Splashdown video for club members.... perhaps you pay your $20 in quarters and you get to view it in a booth somewhere... ;)
"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin
Monday, April 27, 2009 1:09 PM
^Aside from the quarters remark, that's not such a bad idea. Maybe things like that would give people the incentive to become a card holding member.
Monday, April 27, 2009 4:08 PM
Somehow, I don't think audio on a CD would move membership cards. We're not that interesting!
Monday, April 27, 2009 4:33 PM
Especially when we can get audio (read: "video which may include similar audio") on the internet for free ;)